India can jump to 2nd spot in ICC rankings: Richardson

Published: Friday, January 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:If India could defeat archrivals Pakistan 2-0 in the forthcoming three-Test series, then they can leapfrog England and take the second spot in the revamped LG ICC Test Championship table.

India are currently third in the rankings with 108 points in their kitty, two behind England and 24 behind leaders Australia.

A 2-0 win or series whitewash over Pakistan would enable India overtake England on the table while a 1-0 win would bring them on par with England, ICC announced here today.

ICC's General Manager and former South Africa wicketkeeper, Dave Richardson said the Test ratings would be updated after every series while the One-day ratings would be altered after every match.

Richardson, conducting a workshop for the media here to explain how the new system of Test, ODI and Players ratings worked, said the world governing council was also working on a system to enable comparison between players of different eras, say India's greats Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

"The ICC's official website will show historical ratings, making player comparisons (of different eras) possible," Richardson said.

"While there is a bonus point for a Test series victory, none exists for securing victory in a ODI rubber," he said adding, no extra points are given to teams for winning a ODI in a World Cup or Champions Trophy while players' performance in these mega events are given extra weightage.

"But if we feel at a later stage that extra weightage should be given to teams' performance in World Cups and Champions Trophy, it can be done quite easily under the present system," Richardson said.

The former SA stumper also said that the players' rankings, on a scale of 0-1000 points, would give an exact idea of how good they were currently.

"A 900 plus score would indicate a 'Bradmanesque' rating, a 700 plus would indicate a world class batsman and anything under 400 would indicate it's time for the player to open a pub", he said in a lighter vein.

There were four main differences between the newly introduced system - running from August to July - and the older one, the ICC official said.

  • The new system reflects performances in all Tests, including 'dead' rubbers and one-off Tests which do not qualify for a series bonus.

  • It reflects performances in all Test series completed since a given date, in contrast to the previous system which included some series played 6 or 7 years earlier and yet excluded some more recent series.

  • In any series, both teams always have the opportunity to improve or worsen their rating while in the previous system the side winning the previous corresponding series could not improve its rating, while their opponents' ratingcould not fall.

  • It recognises the different strength of opponents faced by different teams so that a side that has played recent series against the lower rated countries would not have any inherent rating advantage over a side that has not yet played them.

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